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Amy L. Skibiel, Lauren M. Downing, Teri J. Orr and Wendy R. Hood The evolution of the nutrient composition of mammalian milks Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Article first published online: 29 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12095

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Milk composition is a critical component of a lactation strategy and varies substantially among species, yet we know relatively little about the selective pressures shaping the evolution of mammalian milks. In this article, the authors show that milk composition is largely a function of evolutionary history, maternal nutrient intake, and duration of milk production.

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